Grid Storage

ChatGPT and DALL-E generated image of one of the deeply stupid gravity energy storage nonsense ideas.

Gravity Storage 101, Or Why Pumped Hydro Is The Only Remotely Real Gravity Storage

In my recent article celebrating the great month that pumped hydro had, between the Loch Ness Red John facility selling to Statkraft, the UK finally settling on cap and floor for the technology and China having 365 GW of power and 4 to 8 TWh of energy storage under construction, … [continued]

Image from Volkswagen AG Rights.

Elli Enters the Industrial Energy Storage Business

Stationary large-scale storage systems are an important component in tomorrow’s energy system. The demand for storage solutions will increase throughout Europe in the coming years, with experts expecting growth by a factor of 100 in Germany alone. Elli will develop and operate energy storage projects on an industrial scale together … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image of a plain with a high-pressure pump, a big pond and a very large pile of gray sand

Fracking The Same Underground Volume Isn’t Energy Storage, It’s Mining For Unusable Sand

It’s not often that a novel energy storage solution crosses my screen. It’s vastly rarer that it doesn’t immediately fail a few basic sniff tests. A solution that pumps water under high pressure a few hundred to a thousand meters underground doesn’t immediately fall apart in technical terms or claims. … [continued]

Slide from Michael Barnard's seminar on grid storage through the Indian Smart Grid Forum

Balancing Renewables Requires Big Grid Storage, But What Kinds? (India Seminar Slides & Transcript)

Under the auspices of the India Smart Grid Forum, the think tank founded as an umbrella organization over India’s 28 state utilities to provide thought leadership, share leading practices, and bring international insights to India, I’m delivering bi-weekly webinars framed by the Short List of Climate Actions That Will Work. With the … [continued]

Eaton is helping Endurant Energy deploy 10 battery storage projects in New York City, advancing clean and reliable power. (Photo: Business Wire)

Eaton Advances More Resilient, Sustainable Electricity In New York City With Energy Storage Projects Valued…

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — Intelligent power management company Eaton is helping Endurant Energy deploy 10 battery storage projects in New York City. With a combined capacity exceeding 150 megawatt-hours (MWh), the energy storage systems will support clean, reliable power and strengthen the electric grid in the Bronx and Staten Island. The … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image of a hot air balloon tethered to the ground by an electricity cable covered in sparks

Compressed Gas For Electricity Storage Claims Are Mostly Hot Air

Three years ago, I published my projection of grid storage demand and solutions through 2060. At the time, various compressed gas electricity storage solutions such as compressed air, liquid air, and liquid carbon dioxide were in my also-ran technologies. My review of the literature over the preceding years had made … [continued]

IEEE Electrical Energy Storage Applications & Technologies (EESAT 2025)

The IEEE Electrical Energy Storage Applications and Technologies (EESAT 2025) conference will be held January 20–21, 2025, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Uptown, in Charlotte, NC. This technical conference will be co-located with the IEEE Energy Storage and Stationary Battery (ESSB) Committee’s winter meeting to be held January 22-24, 2025. … [continued]

Slide from presentation from seminar series with Indian utilities by author

Wind & Solar, But What Else? — India Edition Transcript

Under the auspices of the India Smart Grid Forum, the think tank founded as an umbrella organization over India’s 28 state utilities to provide thought leadership, share leading practices, and bring international insights to India, I’m delivering bi-weekly webinars framed by the Short List of Climate Actions That Will Work. With the … [continued]